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Reviews 1748 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus living is decent, and the residence halls are currently undergoing a major renovation across campus. Currently, the most recently renovated/nicest options are Letts Hall North (South has yet to be completed and Letts is only for freshmen); Centennial Hall (sophomores and up); Anderson Hall (freshmen and up); Leonard Hall (sophomores and up); Nebraska Hall (upperclassmen) and McDowell Hall (sophomores and up). Nebraska, Centennial, and 7 rooms in McDowell are suite-style living, so you get a bathroom and 2-4 bedrooms in doubles or singles. Letts, Anderson, Hughes, Leonard, Clark, Roper, Tenley Campus, and the rest of McDowell are typical singles, doubles, and occasional triples on floors with shared kitchens, lounges, and bathrooms. Overall the dorms are adequate, and they do tend to give a nice community structure, especially on Northside. Note though: on-campus housing is only guaranteed for the first two years at AU, and, while it's available for upperclassmen, you may not get what you want at that point due to the lottery system, so most people move off campus their junior and senior years. Stay on for sophomore year and build your friend groups, that way when you do move off campus you won't feel overwhelmed and separated from the campus community, because you'll essentially have brought it with you.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Our professors are among the best in their fields, especially in International Studies and Political Science (even the business and communications schools have extraordinary faculty). In almost any field, it's more or less possible to study abroad, which we have a great office for. Once in a while you'll run across a professor who's always busy and is hard to access, but work with them and they're always accommodating, professors here really care about students and will do their best on the whole to help you out.

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3 College Junior

Weather: DC is in a pretty temperate climate zone. Hot and humid in the summer and cold in the winter, though not as hot as a Floridian summer or as cold as a New England winter. The fall and spring, when most studies take place, are beautiful, though, so weather-wise there's not much to complain about during the academic year.

4 College Junior

Academics: Workload varies by class; international studies curriculum is outstanding

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: They did a great job in covering all of my demonstrated need. They are easy to work with and very nice. However, the process can be slow, and they are not quick to update when things change.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They are very prompt in their taking of patients. But sometimes they jump to conclusions or under-prescribe because of time restraints.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: They are popular because there is no where else for underages to party but they are all douche bags

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1 College Freshman

Parking: Hardly any parking and a pass is extremely expensive. No freshman are allowed cars

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1 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports really aren't a focus at AU. The school does come together and show spirit at the occasional big game, but we don't even have a football team, which shows you how big sports are. Political speakers or rallies are like big sports games though!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining can be expensive (it is DC), but with EagleBucks (a part of AU's meal plan) it is covered when you buy your meal plan. EagleBucks doesn't work at all locations, but it adds variety

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The real problem is all of the grease in the food.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It is pretty college friendly. I mean, it's Washington DC, so there is always something going on. And the public transit system is really useful!

3 College Freshman

Athletics: While there are sports, it is not really a bid sports school. Sometimes people go, but it definitely is not a school wide event.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife here is definitely better than the nightlife at Georgetown. AU is where all the parties are at. But if you want to get out of Tenleytown and go to bars, you need to be 21. If you're 18, there are clubs you can go to though!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am an International Studies major, and this school is PERFECT for my major. I have too many opportunities and way too many events I could be going to in order to network and find out more about my field. DEFINITELY look to go to AU if you want great opportunities for International Studies. If you take the time to put yourself out there, there is no way you can't find internships and jobs. Go for it!!

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a lot of computers at American University inside of the library. There are also laptops ( Macs and PC's) available for rent. This is very convenient for all students. There are also plenty of printers/scanners/copiers in the library as well. I prefer to have my own printer just for the convenience but having a personal printer is not necessary. Although printing cost money, up to 25 dollars worth of printing credit is included in our tuition so the first 25 dollars is already available for use.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life is prominent but it is not very diverse. There is no on campus housing for the Greek life. They have to find their own house to live in and the houses in DC aren't that big and are very expensive so not many of the Sororities and Fraternities actually live in houses. Many live off campus or on campus with non-greek students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There are a lot of varieties for the food options. I would like to see more gluten free options though. The food is tasty. Whenever I bring a visitor, the dining hall always gets complimented on the size, appearance, and taste of the food. There are plenty of seats and every day there is something different to eat along with the regulars ( burgers, hot dogs, chicken, eggs, sausage, bacon, fruit, salad, etc). There are also a lot of other on campus dining areas such as Einstein's Bagels, Tavern, and Salsa to name a few. There are also cafe's in almost every academic building.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is convenient. It is like a small community because we have a tiny grocery store, easy access to Tenleytown where we can go grocery shopping. There is a nice gym on campus and plenty places to study. Overall the dormitories are comfortable to live in. I have had a few problems with trying to get maintenance to fix some things and some of the dorms have mold but other than that, living on campus is not that bad.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Classes are usually only canceled due to the weather in extreme cases, such as with a hurricane or blizzard. This may only happen once or twice a year.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Since AU is located in a suburban area of DC, parking is actually rather accessible and convenient. For instance, the parking garage at the arts center is free after 5PM, so it is easy to take the bus or walk to metro for easy access to nightlife in downtown DC. Also, parking permits are not terribly expensive, and the fees for parking in lots or the garage (before 5) are fairly reasonable considering how close they are to the city. It is a lot cheaper than parking at a meter.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It really depends on what dorm you are put in. For example, Centennial Hall would get a much higher grade than any of the other buildings (offers suite style living). However, each floor has their own kitchen (they are surprisingly clean), bathrooms, and lounge. I'd give the housing a better grade if the bathrooms weren't so dark. Better lighting for the showers would definitely benefit the campus. Sometimes I feel like I am in a horror movie when I am showering... not the best experience.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have worked in a local after-school program through my work study job. Although it is not an internship, the school still connected me with the incredible opportunity. I am getting real life teaching experience as a sophomore, and will continue to learn more about teaching by student teaching during my senior year and working in a local school while I am abroad.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The available opportunities in DC are limitless! Whether you are looking for cultural experiences or a casual night out at a restaurant, you can find it in DC. Students frequently go to the Kennedy Center or a museum, and one of the most popular events is Euronight at the French Embassy. Students also can go and get great food and a sense of culture in local neighborhoods like Adams Morgan.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: There is a shortage of campus housing and the school is currently working to build/expand dorms. At present, most of the dorms are 2 people to a room with a communal kitchen, lounge and bathrooms. One dorm has suite style rooms, with a bathroom shared between 2 dorm rooms. Floors are (for the most part) co-ed. One building has apartments. Southside is always louder, has more fire drills and things get stolen more often than on Northside.


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Many students agree that there is something for everyone at AU, and they are rarely ever bored. Though the school’s population is relatively small and has fewer parties compared to state schools, many claim that it is worth it to be in D.C. and the surrounding area. 

Upon arrival at AU, the adjustment period can be tough for people not accustomed to an urban setting. However, making friends is quite easy, and even the shyest students will be able to integrate themselves into the small, tight-knit AU community. For the most part, students have no problem expressing themselves socially or academically. It seems that a “work hard, play hard” philosophy best suits the students at American University.

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